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Holcomb Trip to Asia Is About More Than Jobs

The trip is being paid for through private donation.

INDIANAPOLIS--Gov. Holcomb is going to Asia in September to help Indiana's economy. His mission is to strengthen relationships between Indiana, Japan, India, South Korea and China. But, it's about more than just the economy. Holcomb said he hopes culture, education, government, and even sports relationships will get a boost from the trip.

The trip will not cost you any money. It's being paid for by private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.

Gov. Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger will first go to Japan Sept. 4. The next leg of the trip is to South Korea. China and India trips will follow, and the whole journey will wrap up on Oct. 5, following the first Indiana Pacers games in Mumbai, Oct. 4 and 5.

“Markets are more connected now than ever before, and we’re proud to support a growing global dynamic economy in Indiana,” said Holcomb. “That growth is evident in our business sector, with 1,000 foreign-owned companies throughout Indiana employing 21st century talent in communities all across our state. We’re committed to continuing to cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships that will create even more opportunities for Hoosiers and a shared prosperous future.”

Nearly 200,000 Hoosiers are employed by foreign-owned businesses like Subaru, Toyota and Honda. Business partnerships between Indiana and other countries have increased 300 percent in the last three years.

The Governor will participate in his third annual conference of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, a bilateral organization comprised of the governments of 10 U.S. Midwestern states, eight prefectures in Japan, and about 100 corporations.

The trips to South Korea and China are primarily for economic purposes.

The governor has never been to China or South Korea.

The group will also be joined by a larger delegation in Japan, including: 

  • City of Seymour: Mayor Craig Luedeman
  • City of Westfield: Mayor Andy Cook; Todd Burtron, chief of staff; and Kai Chuck, global strategy and business development
  • Cornerstone Environmental Health & Safety: Cindy Madrick, vice president
  • DEEM: Tom Prather, director of Japanese business development
  • Force Construction: Harold Force, chairman and CEO; Clayton Force, president and COO; and Mr. Yukihito Ozaki, project development manager
  • Gaylor Electric: Mike Kern, vice president; and Wayne Manwaring, design engineer 
  • Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation: Jason Hester, president 
  • Gregory & Appel: Rick Pease, executive director
  • Hoosier Energy: Harold Gutzwiller, manager of economic development and key accounts
  • Ingraham & Associates: Larry Ingraham, president
  • Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation: Jim Plump, executive director 
  • Japan-America Society of Indiana: Theresa Kulczak, executive director
  • Jennings County Economic Development Commission: Kathy Ertel, executive director

PHOTO: Eric Holcomb on Twitter

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